Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s & Others* Face Arrest in Call for Urgent Action to Battle Climate Change After President’s Move to Pull U.S. Out of Paris Climate Agreement
INSPIRED BY YOUNG CLIMATE STRIKERS & INDIGENOUS PEOPLE PROTECTING THEIR LAND THIS WEEK’S FOCUS IS THE ROLE OF WARS & THE U.S. MILITARY IN CLIMATE CHANGE
Jane Fonda’s fifth “Fire Drill Friday” focuses on the ways in the U.S. military and U.S. wars contribute to climate change.
The quest to control oil was a driving force in the U.S. invasion of Iraq and many other military interventions throughout our history. It continues to be a significant motivation for the “war against terror.” The Climate Movement is, therefore, also a peace movement because it aims to replace the brutally damaging race for fossil fuels with clean energy from the sun and wind, resources far more evenly distributed and available throughout the world. And it will spell an end to the destructive role of the fossil fuel industry, said Fonda.
This week, Fire Drill Fridays speakers (see list below) begin at 11AM on the Southeast Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. They and Jane will then join the people assembled, including the “March to Remove Trump,” and walk the two miles to the White House where she will risk arrest and many will commit civil disobedience.
Jane Fonda will be joined at every “Fire Drill Friday” through early January by celebrities, scientists, economists and people from impacted communities who will speak and some of whom will invite arrest.
Every Thursday night (7pm ET) she will moderate a live-streamed teach-in with the next day’s speakers who will discuss the specific climate change issue that is the focus of that week’s event.
Inspired by the growing movement of young climate strikers, Fonda decided to move to the nation’s capital for four months to take up their baton. The effort aims to spur action to avert what the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calls irreversible climate disaster if atmospheric CO2 warms the planet by another 1.5 to 2 degrees Centigrade in the next 11 years.
*Speakers at the event, preceding civil disobedience, in addition to Ms. Fonda:
- Phyllis Bennis is a Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, and of the Amsterdam-based Transnational Institute. She writes and speaks widely at universities and teach-ins and parliamentary briefings across the U.S. and throughout the world on a full range of Middle East, war and anti-war issues. She is a co-founder of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, serves on the national board of Jewish Voice for Peace, and works closely on militarism issues with Rev William Barber and the Poor People’s Campaign.
- Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield are entrepreneurs, activists, philanthropists, and co-founders of ice cream company Ben and Jerry’s. By making humanitarianism and philanthropy integral parts of their business ethic, Ben & Jerry found a way to combine profitability with social responsibility, created a progressive new approach to employee management, and built one of the largest ice cream empires in the world. In their quest to initiate innovative ways to improve the quality of life for a broad community, they have launched flavors such as Chocolate Fudge Brownie, which contains brownies made by homeless and unemployed workers in Yonkers, New York; Wild Maine Blueberry, made with blueberries harvested by Passamaquoddy Indians; and Rainforest Crunch, for which the company buys Brazil nuts collected in the Amazon rain forest by indigenous peoples, thereby providing an economically viable alternative to deforestation. In addition, 60 percent of the profits from that flavor go to environmental groups dedicated to preserving the Amazon rainforest.
- Jodie Evans is the co-founder and director of CODEPINK and the co-founder of the after-school writing program 826LA. She has been a visionary advocate for peace for several decades. An inspired motivator, Jodie invigorates nascent activists and re-invigorates seasoned activists through her ever-evolving, always exciting methods to promote peace. Whether in board rooms or war zones, legislative offices or neighborhood streets, Jodie’s enthusiasm for a world at peace infuses conciliation, optimism and activism wherever she goes.
- Cherri Foytlin is an author, journalist, speaker and mother of six. She is active in the environmental justice movement of clean air, water and soil as a human rights issue.
- Ciara Taylor is a popular educator, grassroots organizer and artist. She serves as Membership Manager with The People’s Forum, and organizes in opposition to the evils of racism, poverty, and militarism with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival in New York State.
- Krystal Two Bulls is an Oglala Lakota and Northern Cheyenne woman who reminds us that what matters is what we fight for, not what we fight against. Krystal is a new member to About Face: Veterans Against the War, having joined in August 2018.
“FIRE DRILL FRIDAYS” CALLS ON ALL AMERICANS TO VOTE, SPEAK AND ACT IN SUPPORT OF THE DEMANDS LISTED BELOW AND ALIGNED WITH THOSE OF THE YOUTH-LED CLIMATE STRIKERS STRIKEWITHUS.ORG
VOTE: for the climate in every election up and down the ballot. Vote for candidates who are in favor of a Green New Deal and a bold and responsible transition from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy.
SPEAK: tocandidates or elected officials. Tell them that climate can’t wait. Call them, sign petitions and go to their town halls. Write letters to the editor of your local paper. Put your money where your mouth is: divest from fossil fuel companies and invest in a sustainable future.
ACT: Join an organization working for real climate solutions. March, protest and recruit your friends to join. Listen and show up for communities most impacted by climate change and, if you can, put your body on the line.
A GREEN NEW DEAL
· Transform our economy to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2030 and phase out all fossil fuel extraction through a just and equitable transition, creating millions of good jobs
· A halt to all leasing and permitting for fossil fuel extraction, processing and infrastructure projects immediately in order to avoid a lock-in of increased emissions as we work together for a responsible transition to clean, renewable energy.
RESPECT OF INDIGENOUS LAND AND SOVEREIGNTY
· Honor the treaties protecting Indigenous lands, waters, and sovereignty by the immediate halt of all construction, leasing and permitting for resource extraction, processing and infrastructure projects affecting or on Indigenous lands
· Recognize the Rights of Nature into law to protect our sacred ecosystems and align human law with natural law to ban resource extraction in defense of our environment and people
· A transition that invests in prosperity for communities on the frontlines of poverty and pollution
· Welcoming those displaced by the cumulative effects of the climate crisis, economic inequality, violence, and lack of opportunity
PROTECTION AND RESTORATION OF BIODIVERSITY
· Protection and restoration of at least 30% of the world’s lands and oceans including a halt to all deforestation by 2030
IMPLEMENTATION OF SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
· Investment in farmers and regenerative agriculture and an end to subsidies for industrial agriculture.